InterContinental Miramar Panama
What We Love
- The Bay View restaurant offers Panamanian specialties
- Expansive spa has Jacuzzis, Turkish baths and saunas, and fitness instructors are available at the gym
- Many rooms come with views of Panama Bay
What To Know
- Located between two major highways
- There’s a fee of $15.95 for WiFi
- The fitness center closes at 10 p.m.
- Pets are not allowed
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The centrally located, 186-room InterContinental Miramar Panama is a relaxing escape from the bustling city, with easy access to downtown attractions, the business distrcit and the historic and trendy Casco Viejo neighborhood. The guestrooms overlook both the ocean and the mesmerizing, skyscraper-laden skyline along Panama Bay, and have a modern look and feel thanks to wooden or beige leather headboards and beds wrapped in crisp white linens. A slew of big resort–style amenities provide opportunities for some R&R, including tennis courts, a full-service spa/fitness center complete with Jacuzzis, Turkish baths and saunas, and a free-form pool crisscrossed by pedestrian bridges. When hunger strikes, the aptly named Bayview restaurant serves classic Central American dishes such as ceviche and Panamanian stew.
In the Area
Start your day in the sultry capital with an ice cream at Granclement, which uses French artisanal recipes for its range of unusual flavors, such as ginger and basil. While in Casco Viejo, take a guided tour of the presidential palace, Palacio de las Garzas, a 17th-century landmark with an Andalusian courtyard, then do some people watching at the bustling fish market before heading upstairs to the diner-style restaurant, where you can nosh on some of the just-caught fare from downstairs. Spend the rest of the afternoon at the Miraflores Locks, watching giant freighters navigate the Panama Canal — a surprisingly mesmerizing sight.
How to Get There
The location of the hotel is ideal for business (close to the financial district) and leisure (sea views and close to the malecon promenade). However, I would like to highlight the EXCELLENT service from staff, particularly at the reception. I paid for one night, used points to pay for a second one, and used my IHG MasterCard certificate for a third night. I was forced (on-line reservation system) to make three separate bookings and the staff of the customer service (contacted by phone) wasn't able to ensure that I'd be able to keep the same room for the 3 nights. Staff at the reception solved the problem promptly and satisfactorily. I received a room upgrade (Ambassador's privilege) and was allowed to stay the 3 nights in that room. All other services (including business support over the weekend) were provided efficiently and courteously. After a long flight, the extremely efficient and courteous attention I received at check-in made all the difference.
My partner and I needed an easy hotel with all the amenities at the beginning and end of some adventure kayak travel on Isla Coiba. This place fit the bill. Our cab drivers all knew "Miramar" so we didn't have any troubles getting there. The buffet had some great Panamanian options for breakfast and dinner. The room was clean and spacious, and the pool was great with both sun and shade options for lounging. I can't comment on location or anything because our plan was literally to not leave the hotel. Everything was great.
This is a comfortable well-appointed hotel that Is within easy walking distance of a number of restaurants. The breakfast is good, the beds are comfortable and the staff very helpful. Security is also good.
We arrived at this hotel after arriving in Panama and although it was in the early evening the recption staff were eager to help us be allocated a room which was on the 11th floor and it turned out to be a lovely room with a view of the city from the floor length windows. We were pleasntly surprised by the choice for dinner although not speaking spanish was a problem because they did not understand us unless we were veyr elaborate in explaining exactly what we required, the food was good and the breakfasts were interesting because we like our coffee with cold milk but trying to get them to understand this concept was difficult, but we got there in the end.
The outsaide areas were very pleasant and the swimming pool was of a good size with plenty of loungers/chairs with a very attentive pool attendant, giving out and receiving the towels and of the management of the pool surroundings.
Although we were only there for 3 nights it was a pleasant experience and we would recommend this hotel.
I stayed here at the end of my caravan Panama tour. An older structure right on the ocean with views of the ships waiting to enter the canal. Walking distance to the French quarter and multiplaza mall for shopping. Walls were thin though so tv is easily heard from your neighbour.